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Middlesbrough boss Southgate unhappy with Birmingham interest for Wheater

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate is unhappy with Birmingham City's interest in defender David Wheater.

"David Wheater is one that we have no intention of letting go," said Southgate. "He is a big part of the future of this club.

"I'm sure Alex (McLeish) will regret how his interest has come out at a fans' forum. That doesn't help the situation, I haven't had any sort of apology on the phone. You tend to be a bit loose if you are talking to your fans, but that's for Alex.

"There are players I would like to keep here, whatever division we are in.

"They are the ones I'll fight to persuade that I think it's right for them to stay."

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